Monday, August 7, 2017

You are a Warrior // Repost

Today I want to re-post a blog post from a brother in Christ. I was greatly challenged by this and want to share it with you all. Oh, that we would be vigilant and diligent in this war that we are in. That we would not let our guard down, but that we would continue moving forward in God's power.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Meditations // Jeremiah 1:6-8

"Then I said, 'Ah Lord God! Behold I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.' But the Lord said to me, 'Do not say "I am only a youth" for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,' declares the Lord." --Jeremiah 1:6-8
In this passage God commands Jeremiah to speak to the people on His behalf and what does Jeremiah do? "I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth." This wasn't an easy task, nor would it be a fun task, or a task where the people would love him, it was a difficult, uncomfortable hard task. Jeremiah thought himself too young. Jeremiah didn't think that God could use him because of his age. But what does God say? That HE would be with Jeremiah, give him the words to say, and deliver him. God doesn't just command him to do something, he also gives us promises to go with that command.

How often are we commanded to do something, and we instead think of excuses - "I'm too busy!", "I'm too young!", "Too hard!", "I don't have the resources", etc...? Do you put yourself in a box because of your age or your personality or your resources or your strength/energy? This life wasn't meant for our comfort. This life wasn't meant for our ease. This life wasn't meant for our enjoyment. This life was given to us to prepare for eternity. It was given to us to glorify God and serve Him and love Him with everything in us. We aren't our own, we have been bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20). We were created to for God's glory, and we are here to glorify Him with everything we do and say and think.

Remember that our God is the God of impossibilities. He can anything and everything He wants. Nothing is too big for Him, and with God on our side, we can do all things because He gives us His strength. In our weakness, His strength is perfected. In our failures, He wisdom is shown. He doesn't give us hard commands and then leaves us, He goes with us every step. So press on, fellow soldiers. Don't give up. Face the next temptation in God's strength, relying on His promises. Fight the next battle in God's strength, relying on His promises. Confront the next impossibility in God's strength, relying on His promises.

"For God gave us a spirit, not of fear, but of power, and love, and self control." --2 Timothy 1:7
"I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." --John 16:33
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." --Philippians 4:13 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Photoshoot // Bethany

The other day Bethany and I ventured out to get some new photos for her. We found this really cool-looking church building for our background. Thanks so much for letting me take pictures of you, Bethany! Love you, sister! <3

Monday, June 12, 2017

Liebster Blog Award

I was tagged a while ago - Thanks Kaitlyn! =))

The Rules:
-Link back to the person that tagged you 
-Answer the eleven questions.
-Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you tagged them.
-Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions.

1: What is your favorite hobby? My favorite hobby...only one? I have so many favorite hobbies. One of them is reading. I really like reading. A lot. 

2: What does your first name mean? My first name is a variation on the Greek word "Charis" which means grace. In fact, I was almost named Charis. 
3: What is your favorite family memory? My favorite family memory...I have so many - the laughter, the conversations, the trips... 
4: What's your personality type? Umm...I don't have one... I've taken so many personality tests multiple times each and never get the same type. I'm always an I but the other three letters always switch. 
5: If you had the opportunity to have a 4-course meal, all with foods you choose, what would the meal consist of? Hmm...I'd have to think about that question... :P 
6: Would you rather have a pet dolphin or a pet bear? Probably a pet bear because a dolphin wouldn't be too helpful where I live.
7: What's one random thing about you that few people know? I'm an adventurous person...but I don't come across that way to most people... 
8: What's your favorite holiday? Hm, either Independence Day or Thanksgiving Day. 
9: What quote (from a book, movie, or YouTube video) do you find yourself saying often? I have lots of quotes that I say. :P 
10: If you could live in any other previous time period, which one would you choose? Oh, this is a hard question! It'd be so neat to leave in Medieval England, but then again I'd like to live during the cattle drives... 
11: If you could see yourself from someone else's perspective, who's perspective would you choose and why? (It could be a family member's, a friend's, your local librarian's, etc.) Another interesting question...that I don't know whom to choose... :P 

Here are my 11 questions for the others to answer: 
1. What is one thing you would like to do this summer? 
2. What is one of your favorite memories?
3. If you could name yourself, what name would you choose? Why?
4. What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
5. If you knew you couldn't fail, what is one thing you would do? 
6. Who is your hero (besides Jesus and your family ;P)? 
7. What is your greatest fear? 
8. What are two qualities that you look for in a friend?
9. What phrase/saying/quote describes you best? 
10. What would be your perfect job? 
11. What are 7 things that make you smile? 

Now to tag 11 bloggers, we'll see if I get that many... xP 
Aaand, if you want to do it, just do it and post a comment here letting me know! :) 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Never Forget // Memorial Day

"We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free." - Ronald Reagan
"We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this time of need. ...We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free." -Ronald Reagan

Millions of soldiers have served our country and given their lives to give us freedom. Never forget that freedom isn't free. Never forget their sacrifice for us. But beyond their sacrifice is the sacrifice that Jesus gave to free His people! His sacrifice is far beyond our comprehension. Because of His sacrifice, His people are freed from sin and death and become part of God's kingdom. Remember this day the soldiers who gave their lives, but most importantly remember Jesus' great sacrifice for His people!    

Friday, May 26, 2017

Photos with Chloe!'s been a while! I apologize for my long absence. Life has been insanely busy of late. Can any of you all relate? I don't have time right now for a long blog post, but here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot with a friend. Thanks so much, Chloe, for hanging out with me. I had so much fun! =))

Friday, December 2, 2016

2016 National Bible Bee // A Post for Contestants

The past three posts have been lessons that I have learned through competing in the National Bible Bee, but those lessons apply to all of life. In this post I want to share some lessons with those of you who are still contestants, as you continue participating in the National Bible Bee.

This was my last year to compete and one of my goals was to study without regrets. I wanted to study in such a way that when I thought back over my last year, I wouldn't regret how I studied. I didn't want to look back and regret that I didn't study more, or didn't study this aspect, etc, etc... When you study, keep that in mind. When you feel unmotivated or you want to do something else, but you know you should be reviewing verses, keep pressing on so that when you look back you won't have regrets about wasted time, etc...

When I found out that I had qualified for Nationals, I laid out my schedule for each day - what to study, when to study, when to memorize/review, etc... Throughout the few months though, things came up and I wasn't able to follow my schedule exactly. I could easily get frustrated and think "why can't I just stick with my schedule?!", but I learned something through that - Prepare for the unexpected. Things will come up and you won't be able to study for an hour here, or a day there. So don't waste the little moments of time, instead use them in preparation for those times when you can't study.

It's easy to get worn down by how much time you have to spend preparing for Nationals and how much material you have to know, but keep pressing on! Remember that you are doing it to glorify God and His Son. Jesus is the true prize of the National Bible Bee. Don't lose motivation. Don't give up. Keep running hard. Keep pressing on. Keep glorifying Christ in all that you do.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #3

This will be the final lesson that I share from my journey in Bible Bee. While I've only shared three lessons, there were so many more that I learned.

So often I get caught up in the future - what will I be doing, where will I live, etc... In my thinking of the future, I miss the present. Life flies by so quickly, and if I spend time wishing for/dreaming about the future, I will lose the present. I'll "wake up" five years from now and regret the time that I threw away.

Every day there are so many little things that we can enjoy and give thanks for. Yet, I so easily lose sight of the present in dreaming about the future. While in Bible Bee, it was so easy to dream about Nationals that I lost study time and time with my family. Then Nationals would come, it'd be over, and I'd look back and think "why did I spend so much time dreaming about Nationals that I let myself lose study time?"

The present days are so precious. Be content with where you are. Don't always be dreaming about the future. No, it isn't wrong to have dreams about the future, but don't let yourself get so caught up in it that you lose the present. You won't always be so near your family like you are today, savor the days you have with them. You may not always be able to do all you can now, savor those things. Enjoy the present and be content with where you are today.

Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 National Bible Bee // Lesson #2

This lesson that I am going to share was another big one from this year. I struggle with it a lot, not just during Bible Bee, but during the off-season as well.

During Bible Bee studying, it's easy to get so caught up in studying and preparing for the test, locally or nationally, that you can forget there are more important things. Yes, studying for the Bible Bee is very important and you want to do your best, but that should not take the place of other important things. The most important is people - your family, your church, your friends.

Throughout my journey as a Bible Bee Contestant, I laid out I was going to study, my schedule, etc... and anytime that I got interrupted I would get frustrated. My little sister would ask me to play with her, and my response would be one of frustration "Can't you see I'm trying to study! Go play by yourself." Or my family would need my help for something and instead of doing it joyfully, I'd do it while thinking the whole time "I really need to be studying right now".

Studying is very important, but if it takes the place of people - investing in them, serving them, building relationships with them, etc... - then it becomes wrong. Throughout life there will be many things that want your attention, but you must keep your priorities straight. When you are busy with things and get called away, don't be frustrated, instead thank God for those distractions. Five years, Ten years, however many years from now, you're going to look back and think, "Why didn't I just play with my little siblings?" "Why didn't I just cheerfully help my family". Keep your priorities straight. Don't let your studying/dreams/tasks consume you so much that you neglect people.

When your life is over it's the people that you have impacted that will be your legacy. If you've spent your whole life focusing on your dreams/tasks/etc... you won't have that legacy. Spend the time investing in people now so that in the future you will still have those relationships and that legacy.